Looking for some feedback from members here
In my search for a retirement option for my dressage horse I haven’t been able to really find what I was looking for. My guy is not the type that you can just put out into pasture. He’d be depressed… he likes his turnout but then wants back into the comforts of the barn and be around people. I honestly believe that not every horse would enjoy being turnout 24/7 “as nature intended” after they spent a lifetime living in barns with their humands around them.
So, that brought up the thought of starting up a retirement home for horses that don’t fit the 24/7 pasture option. We are horse professionals and I am looking for feedback about feasibility and demand for a reasonable retirement option with a stall and daily handling. Horses would be handled daily, turnout out, brought in. pre turnout prep with fly spray and mask or blanket when needed, post turnout care with a bath if needed. feed in their stalls so no need to fight for food. Turnout alone, with a buddy or a group.
From what I found online the 24/7 options range in the $375-$400 range.
Having a horse in the stall obviously creates more work (cleaning, shavings, handling) so I would need to charge a bit more to cover those expenses. I found one place that offered the turnout/stall/grooming option I was looking for at $575/month with a waiting list. your thoughts?
What do you think would be the best location for such a farm or would it matter since owners would most likely only come to visit their friends. Needs to have losts of pasture, so I am thinking TN, KY, NC, SC, GA… any thoughts?
What would you want?
If you were to send your horse into retirement, what would be the most important thing for you?
Most importantly: do you think there is demand for such a service?
thanks in advance for any feedback you can provide